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In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode The Menagerie (Part Two) which aired on November 24, 1966, Star Date 3012.4.

Story Synopsis

In Part 2, the recording continues and show Pike confined in a cell. He discovers that the Talosians are illusionists, capable of making a man see anything they wish him to see and telepaths who can communicate without speaking. The Talosians wish Pike to remain on the planet as Vena’s mate. Meanwhile, the crew of the Enterprise beams the ship’s power down to the surface in a fruitless attempt to blast through the mountain where the Talosians were seen to disappear. However, this has no effect, and the Talosians continue their mind games with Pike.

The Talosians re-enact Pike’s encounter on Rigel 7 in his mind, but with the addition of Vena. In this re-enactment, Pike kills the beast who is attacking them, then is returned to his cell with Vena. Vena tells him that the Talosians retreated underground after a war two thousand years ago and have been developing mental powers. She also reveals that she is a real human and not an illusion. Pike discovers that the Talosians cannot penetrate primitive, strong emotions with their telepathy.

The next virtual reality trip for Pike and Vena is at Pike’s farm on Earth, complete with his horse Tango. As Pike uses the opportunity to scheme, Vena has the Talosians shift venues to a Roman court with a Vena playing the part of a green Orion dancing slave girl. Again, Pike does not cooperate. Meanwhile, a landing party of 6 from the Enterprise beams down in attempt to find Pike, but only Number One and the yeoman actually arrive. The Talosians now give Pike a selection of specimens for starting a human community of slaves.

Instead, Pike uses the phasers brought down by the landing party as bait and captures one of the Talosians as he tries to recover them from a sliding panel in the side of the cell. Pike fires one of the phasers through the wall, sees no effect, but then forces the Talosian to show him the hole which was produced or else have the “nonfunctional” phaser tested on his head. Pike and the women escape to the surface, but it turns out that this was actually the first part of the Talosians’ plan to re-populate surface. However, the Talosian learn of Pike and humankind’s unshakable hatred of captivity, and this forces them to let the Enterprise’s crew go, as humans appear to be too violent a species for their needs. Before Pike leaves, he discovers that Vena’s beauty is illusional, and that she was actually severely deformed in the Columbia’s crash and “put back together” by the Talosians.

All this is viewed by the court martial committee on the Enterprise. However, when the tape is complete, Mendez disappears and turns out to have been an illusion used to distract Kirk from regaining control of the Enterprise. Kirk, with the authorization of Starfleet, permits the now-disfigured Pike to transport to Talos 4. All charges against Spock are dropped, and the Enterprise continues on its way. Kirk speaks to Spock about a tendency towards flagrant emotionalism, but Spock quips, “I see no reason to insult me, Sir. I believe I’ve been completely logical about the whole affair.”

Fun Fact

Along with Part 1, this episode won the 1967 Hugo Award for “Best Dramatic Presentation”.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. What happens with your counter party refuses to comply with FCPA requirements?
  2. When the time comes will you as a CCO speak truth to power?
  3. Sometimes failure and being left behind are options.


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for The Menagerie (Part Two)

MissionLogPodcast.com-The Menagerie (Parts 1 & 2)

JUNE 12, 2021 BY TOM FOX

In today’s edition of Daily Compliance News:

  • The evolution of whistleblowers. (WSJ)
  • The man who took on Exxon. (WSJ)
  • Coming undone during Covid. (WSJ)
  • Law to require more German women on Boards. (WSJ)

In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider the episode The Menagerie (Part One) which aired on November 17, 1966, Star Date 3012.4.

Story Synopsis

This episode and the sequel are derived from the original pilot for the Star Trek series, The Cage. The Enterprise diverts to Starbase 11 after Spock reports receiving a sub-space message from former Captain of the Enterprise Christopher Pike. However, the Commodore on the Starbase tells them that Pike has been injured from exposure to delta rays  and could not have sent the message. This is confirmed as Pike is confined to a wheelchair which is operated by brain waves. The only communication of which Pike is still capable is signaling yes or no. Pike refuses to speak to Bones or Kirk but agrees to speak to Spock in private.

Spock, who had served under Pike for 11 years, 4 months, and 5 days, prepares to mutiny in order to take Pike to Talos 4, despite Pike’s protests. Meanwhile, an investigation of the tapes reveals that Spock received no transmission, but Kirk refuses to believe it possible that Spock could have been responsible for a deception. Spock nerve pinches Chief Humboldt at the computer center and sends the Enterprise bogus instructions using tapes he has made of Kirk’s voice. Another technician discovers Spock cross-circuiting the communications panel and attempts to stop him, but is nerve pinched for his efforts. Spock informs Mr. Hansen that the coded transmissions he has sent will navigate the ship automatically. McCoy is tricked into returning to the Enterprise by a request for medical assistance. Spock then transports himself and Pike aboard.

The Enterprise warps out of orbit towards Talos 4. Kirk and Mendez pursue Spock and the Enterprise Spock stops the Enterprise and beams aboard Kirk and Mendez. Spock then informs them that has set up the ship’s computer so that it cannot be disengaged without terminating life support systems until the Enterprise reaches Talos 4.

Spock is then put on trial. Not only is mutiny a court martial offense but visiting Talos 4 is an offense punishable by death. The hearing proceeds because Pike is still listed as on active duty, so three command officers are present as required by regulations. During the hearing, Spock introduces a recording of the experiences of the original crew of the Enterprise on Talos 4 as evidence.

The tape recounts how 13 years previously the Enterprise, commanded by Pike, received a distress signal from the survey vessel Columbia, lost 18 years earlier. Unbeknownst to the landing party, their actions are being monitored by native Talosians. The doctor notices that the condition of the survivors is better than could be reasonably expected and becomes suspicious. Before he can find out what is going on, Vena leads Pike into a Talosian trap. As soon as Pike is drugged and captured by the Talosians, the survivors, who were illusionary, vanish. In a desperate attempt to rescue Pike, the landing party tries to blast through the rock into which Pike was spirited away, but their phasers have no effect.

At this juncture, Uhura reports that the Enterprise has been receiving transmissions from Talos 4 and Kirk is relieved from duty by order of the Starfleet Command Consul.

 Fun Fact

Robert Justman convinced Roddenberry to write a two-part episode utilizing the first pilot because they ran out of scripts in the middle of the first season and had to shut down production otherwise.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. A leader must take care of themselves as well as their crew.
  2. What does it mean if a deal is too good to be true?
  3. Trust but verify.


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for The Menagerie (Part One)

MissionLogPodcast.com-The Menagerie (Parts 1 & 2)

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